There are bad lyrics. (“Tomorrow is Saturday. And Sunday comes afterward.”)
There are decent lyrics. (“Stop calling, stop calling. I don’t want to talk anymore. I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor.”)
There are good lyrics. (“You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter. You are the best thing that’s ever been mine.”)
Then there are Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds lyrics.
Embodying all the post-punk glory of the 1980s, Cave’s lyrics speak to an emotional rawness that carry serious weight. So it’s with this in mind that we initiate the Lyrics Contest!
Your challenge: Create a set of lyrics that focus on a mysterious figure leading you somewhere. You can be led anywhere, and it can be any genre – paranormal, fantasy, romance, thriller, etc. The figure does not have to be human. There is no word or line limit.
You can also include any music or performances you have created to go along with your lyrics. Just upload it to YouTube and copy and paste the link into the description of your book. This is not a requirement for participation.
How to Enter:
1) Start something new
2) Write your entry, then press “publish now”
3) On the “details” page, tag your story as lyricscontest
4) Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for your entries to appear below.
The deadline is Saturday, June 18 at 6pm EST. Then YOU determine the winners by hearting your favorite entries. The top hearted contest entries on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM will be reviewed by Figment moderators, who will choose the winner! The first place winner of this contest will receive two of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds‘ recently re-released albums, a Figment tote bag, a set of notebooks offered by Field Notes and will be featured on our blog and newsletter. The second place winner will receive one Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album and a Figment tote. A third winner will be chosen at random, and will also receive one Nick Cave and the Bad seeds album and a Figment tote.
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be submitted according to the instructions above between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new book must be created for the contest; adapting an old work published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.